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Variety of events planned for Memorial Day

May 15, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The Sturbridge Veterans Council has several entertaining Memorial Day events planned for Monday, May 30, including the annual Memorial Day Parade.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 30, the parade will form at the old fire station located at the intersection of Routes 20 and 148. The step-off will commence 15 minutes later, and the parade will follow the same route as past years. Parade stops are scheduled at 9:50 a.m. for a ceremony at the American Legion Monument and 10 a.m. for a reading of the poem, "In Flanders Field" at St. Anne's Cemetery.

"The parade is always one of the most popular Memorial Day events for residents to attend," said Tom Chamberland, the director of Veterans Services.

At 10:50 a.m., the parade will stop for a ceremony at the Firefighters monument, and five minutes later it is scheduled to proceed to North Cemetery in time for an 11:10 a.m. reading of the Gettysburg Address. The parade will return to the Town Common at 11:25 a.m. for a final ceremony that will include a decoration of monuments, a replacement of the POW Flag, and the singing of the national anthem.

Bus transportation will be provided before the parade, starting at the Town Hall at 9 a.m. In addition, buses will be available at the public safety complex at 9:10 a.m., the senior center at 9:20 a.m., Legion Hall at 9:25 a.m., and the old fire station at 9:30 a.m. Bus transportation will also be provided during the parade from the senior center to the public safety complex, and after the parade from the Town Hall back to the old fire station, with stops in between at the public safety complex, senior center, and Legion Hall. All veterans, elderly, and disabled persons who need a ride are asked to call the American Legion Post 109 at 508-347-3248 by Friday, May 27.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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